Banned Kanye West Cover-My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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Kanye West has been the source of headlines since he hit the music scene in 2004. While his questionable antics have raised eyebrows, tempers and suspicions, one thing remains constant with this individual; he keeps us entertained.

You either love him or you don’t. There really is no middle ground here.

 

Last night on Twitter Kanye debuted the supposedly U.S. banned cover for his upcoming album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”.  Everyone had something to say of course in regards to the image. Some of those I follow on Twitter said the image was not art and that Kanye must be a severely disturbed individual to create such an image in his mind.

 

Kanye went on to say this:

“Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!Banned in the USA!!! They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix!”

“In the 70s album covers had actual nudity… It’s so funny that people forget that… Everything has been so commercialized now”

“So Nirvana can have a naked human being on they cover but I can’t have a PAINTING of a monster with no arms and a polka dot tail and wings”

 

 

I’m going to be honest without fear of reprisal or “dick riding”, I like the cover. It’s dark, cryptic, and strange. Expressionism comes in so many different forms. We all do not see the world the same. An ARTist shows the audience their vision through their ART whether that be words, music, paintings, dance or what have you.

 

I’ve written some pretty disturbed pieces that I have yet to put on my site.  Does that mean I’m disturbed?  Probably.

The same people that criticize will be the same people buying his album November 22nd.

 

If he wants naked, armless demons on his cover, more “Power” to him.

Art is subjective. By definition it is the process of arranging symbolic messages or images in order to influence. 

 

 

As for Kanye himself whom is often portrayed as the poster kid for Narcissism, he’s obviously doing something right. He has our attention.

 

 

4 comments on “Banned Kanye West Cover-My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

  1. You’re being hard on yourself to say if you write something disturbed you ARE disturbed. Has anyone not told a lie at some point? Does that make us all liars?

    I agree with your main point; let Kanye express himself and thus entertain and influence.

  2. Thank you for your response Ken. This post got a lot of Feedback on my Facebook profile.

    A few of my friends are artists and some said this: “fuck a pretty picture – I can draw and paint those all day… When I look at somebody Else’s art – l need a reason to stop and think…” – Christopher Willingham

    “THIS IS WHERE ITS AT !!!! I love art and this is off the wall….and I like it… This is a man pushing the limits of society’s tolerance level for him, Its reverse propaganda ! The man left the country after the VMA’s to go to the UK to kick it with the top fashion designers in the industry , and he comes back with this….I see he’s doing a Cee Lo and saying F!@# YOU!!!, thats what this cover is, Its dope. HOLLA!” – Elliott Harris

    “KY you know how i feel about art… 😉 this kind of graphic\drawing doesn’t bother me. i like the dark stuff. the idea is cool actually… i think it could’ve been done a little better though… it looks kind of.. accessories paint program to me. :)”

    In regards to my saying I was disturbed, I was being sarcastic.

  3. Well, you know what they say about the internet and how you can’t judge tone. My apologies for taking you (mostly) seriously. Just that so much of your writing on this blog is so intense, I have little reference for your sense of humor. Maybe you’ll write some comedy blog posts, and we’ll all be enriched . . . or not. (That last was a joke.)

    In regard to the Facebook comments, pushing the limits of acceptance can be good, even great, but only when there’s a purpose and some thought behind it. Pushing, just to push, I don’t think I go for that.

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